Wayne Gretzky is a Canadian hockey player, famous for his impressive hockey skills. Regarded as one of the greatest hockey players of all time, he played from 1978 to 1999.
Gretzky joined the Indianapolis Racers of the WHA in 1978.
In 1978, he signed with the Indianapolis Racers of the World Hockey Association (WHA), where he briefly played before being traded to the Edmonton Oilers
1978-1999 see Gretzky site: http://www.gretzky.com/
Wayne Gretzky played 20 seasons in the NHL. He played from 1978 to 1999.
November 2, 1978 - Wayne Gretzky was traded by the Indianapolis Racers, along with Eddie Mio and Peter Driscoll, to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for $700,000 and future considerations.
Wayne Gretzky played 10 seasons with the Edmonton Oilers (1978-79 to 1987-88) before being traded to the Los Angeles Kings.
18 years old. He joined the team, the Edmonton Oilers, in October, 1978, at the age of 17 1/2. Edmonton was admitted to the NHL the following year, October 1979, when Wayne Gretzky was 18 1/2.
Wayne Gretzky was never drafted into the NHL. In 1978 he was signed to the Indianapiolas Racers of the WHA (World Hockey Assosication). He was soon after traded to the Edmonton Oilers, which were then also part of the WHA. In 1979, the WHA folded and the Oilers transferred to the NHL. Most players were sent into the entry draft, but due to a specialty in his contract, Gretzky enjoyed the luxury of staying with the Oilers. Gretzky was also never drafted into the WHA. The NHL regulations say no team can sign a player under 20 years old. The WHA allowed this, so Gretzky just signed with the Racers instead of being drafted.
Wayne Gretzky played for the Indianapolis Racers(1978-1979), then the Edmonton Oilers (1979-1988) then the Los Angeles King(1988-1996) then the St.Louis Blues(1996) and finally for the New York Rangers (1996-1999). He retired after the 1998-99 season.
Wayne Gretzgy was never drafted. He was originally signed by the Indianapolis Racers of the WHA in 1978. The Racers sold his contract to the Oilers because of financial problems. The WHA merged with the NHL in 1979.